Going that long without going to the ocean is strange for me. I grew up about an hour from the coast - just a hop, jump, and a skip away. Now it's about a 4+ hour trip, depending on where we're going.
On that Wednesday, we took a half day from work before heading home to finish packing and getting things ready. Finally we were on our way. About 4 hours later, we got to our hotel.
Our resort was awesome. We had access from the resort to a private beach. As soon as Jason and I checked in, we tossed our bags into the room and immediately headed for the shore. Too excited to care about changing into bathing suits. We just wanted to get our feet in the water.
|I could've stood there forever.|
After standing in the ocean for an indeterminate amount of time (literally, just standing there, looking at the grand infinity "pool" we were standing in, speechless), we decided to head back to our room and freshen up before heading out to dinner.
Across the street from our hotel was an outdoor mall/pavilion called Barefoot Landing. A lot of touristy shops and restaurants. We wandered in and out of stores, just seeing the sites, taking it all in. Enjoying life. We finally decided we were hungry and - being at the coast - felt we had to have seafood. I had always wanted to eat a Joe's Crab Shack, and there was one at Barefoot Landing, so we headed there. Of course I had to get one of their bucket o'crab legs (I love crab legs!!). Here's the bib the waitress gave me.
|And, boy, did they itch!|
The whole vacation was just uneventful. Which was perfect. With the stress of our everyday lives and the go-go-go pace we're so used to, we needed this time to recharge. We didn't have any time constraints.
As each day back in our normal (busy) lives takes us further from our time at the surf, those happy days become more so like a dream.
Don't ask why Jason and I haven't been to the beach in so long. I don't have a good answer. But, we've learned our lesson. We'll definitely head back next year. Maybe (hopefully) we'll even make more than one trip.